Westervelde was named in 1486. Around 1800, Westervelde was the largest area in the village of Norg, and was the site of the town hall, where mayor Tonckens lived. The city hall, located at the Highway, is now a small hotel and restaurant, and is still owned by the Tonckens family. Until 1998, Westervelde was an independent administrative area from the municipality of Norg. Since, 1998 Westervelde has been part of the new municipality Noordenveld. Westervelde is the sight of a neolithic burial site called hunebed D2 and the Norgerholt, one of the oldest forests in the Netherlands.